Arsenio Dominguez, the recently elected Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organisation released a New Year’s statement to begin his term, outlining the successes from the previous year and setting a direction for 2024.

Dominguez began by highlighting the trajectory of success at IMO over the past few years and how this will impact the future course.

Dominguez said: “It’s this time of the year when we look back in reflection and excitement of the things that we have done, the things that we could have done, and the things that we’re yet to do”.

“IMO has done much to support its member states, seafarers, the industry and everyone who lives on the planet. For example, during the COVID pandemic, we supported hundreds of individual cases of seafarers, and we have greatly reduced accidents on ships in comparison to the 1990s. With a global sulphur cap introduction in 2020, we greatly increased air quality, and now we have a trajectory for the decarbonization of the industry”.

According to the IMO, it was Arsenio’s “affinity for building consensus” which saw him elected by peers for multiple roles prior to the top job.

This included his role as Chair of several flagship IMO intergovernmental meetings, the Technical Committee of the 29th Assembly, and the Maritime Security, Piracy, and Armed Robbery Group.

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Dominguez finished: “I look forward to working with you for the years to come into a new and exciting era to make this maritime sector a much better one”.

Dominguez’s first term as IMO Secretary-General, which was approved by the 33rd Assembly in December 2023, will span four years, from 2024 to 2027.